Foreign rights : Gallimard.
Translation grants : Canada Council for the Arts.
Gens du Nord intermingles two stories set during the Troubles in Northern Ireland (1968-1998). In 1991, Samuel Gallagher, a writer advocating a united Ireland, close to the IRA, is kidnapped by a unit belonging to a Northern-Irish Protestant paramilitary group. But his execution is deliberately botched by a British undercover agent, and Gallagher is left for dead. Shortly afterwards, during a party organised in France by the Canadian diplomatic mission, François Le Bars, a journalist close to the French secret service, meets Anne Kelly, a film director from Quebec who is interested in Gallagher's disappearance.
A remarkable novel, both sharp and detailed, offering incredibly compelling scenes which revive the dark years of the Irish struggle and its multiple ramifications across Europe and North America. (Book summary : Gallimard, Foreign Rights)
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